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National Grid recruits NHS hospitals to help keep the lights on

June 20, 2016

Ht Philip Bratby/Patsy Lacey

National Grid is recruiting cash-strapped NHS hospitals to fire up their emergency generators and turn down their air conditioning systems when power supplies are scarce.

There was a time hospitals were for healing people!

  1. AlecM permalink
    June 20, 2016 3:42 pm

    The NOx from these diesel sets will make Londonistan even more deadly to its inhabitants.

    Forget about banning diesel cars and trucks!

  2. John F. Hultquist permalink
    June 20, 2016 3:49 pm

    This amounts to a partial government nationalization of the power industry.
    Having established regulations (did the EU have anything to do with this) sufficient to befuddle investment, the various polities will have to fund and hire managers. You could have a National Power Service operating hospitals or the NHS operating electric generators.
    The climate won’t respond.

  3. Joe Public permalink
    June 20, 2016 3:51 pm

    Pedant alert:

    To reduce AirCon use, it’s turned ‘up’ so that it kicks in at a slightly higher temperature.

    Heating is turned ‘down’ so that it cuts out, at a slightly lower temperature. 😉

  4. June 20, 2016 3:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    UK using NHS ‘fossil fuel’ powered generators to keep “the lights on as Britain builds more wind…farms.”

    The same ‘Wind farms’ to be built in a place where Hugh McNeal, chief executive of the wind industry’s trade body RenewableUK, recently stated, do not add up because there is insufficient wind to keep them turning!

    “We are almost certainly not talking about the possibility of new plants in England…The wind speeds don’t allow for it.”

    Oh dear. What a right royal mess the ‘unreliable’ energy scam has become!

  5. June 20, 2016 4:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    Surely switching to diesel backup will be more expensive?! I didn’t think energy policy could become more idiotic.

  6. June 20, 2016 4:02 pm

    One wonders how much diesel is stored at hospitals. Do they have enough for 24 hours or a week? It would be ironic if there were a blackout during a period when they were supporting the grid and had little diesel left. They would have difficulty getting re-supplied during a blackout. Have the risks been thought through?

  7. AlecM permalink
    June 20, 2016 4:04 pm

    32% efficiency (with extra copper losses) vs 38% for non-supercritical coal fired power.

    No contest!

  8. Graeme No.3 permalink
    June 20, 2016 4:31 pm

    Every day in every way the crisis gets closer and closer.

  9. nigel permalink
    June 20, 2016 4:48 pm

    A school friend was one of the last to do National Service. After a while, he settled down as a temporary, acting, service only, sergeant, in charge of the emergency generator at Middle Wallop airfield which slumbered in a quiet cushy place on the far side of the base. He was allowed thirty gallons a week of petrol to “test” it. Naturally, he always sold this ration! (Well, he had a Grammar School education, didn’t he?) He and the rest of “his squad” also slept a lot instead of guarding the generator. The commanding officer of the base used to try and make snap inspections. But this involved hareing around the perimeter in a staff car and somehow the grapevine had them all up and standing to attention over the generator when he arrived. Then one day they had to turn it on for real – and it was seized up.

  10. mwhite permalink
    June 20, 2016 6:35 pm

    I thought “families would have to get use to only using power when it was available”

    Steve Holliday Chief Executive National Grid 2011.

  11. June 20, 2016 7:29 pm

    It’s not called the National Health Service for nothing.

  12. dearieme permalink
    June 20, 2016 10:04 pm

    An ace power station with a hospital attached.

  13. Dodgy Geezer permalink
    June 20, 2016 10:51 pm

    IF I were in charge of a hospital, or any other critical bit of infrastructure,

    and IF a civil servant came to me with a proposal to use my generators when the mains power supply started running short…

    I would say that ‘…when the mains power supply is running short is exactly the time I need to use my generators for myself…”

  14. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 20, 2016 11:45 pm

    Silent Gen creates Soylent Green.

  15. June 21, 2016 7:49 am

    And then there’s this article in the DT “Why Europe is to blame for the UK’s acute energy policy failures”.

    • AlecM permalink
      June 21, 2016 8:02 am

      HMG was warned in late 2010 exactly what would happen as the windmill programme progressed. Dates weren’t given though, probably a bad mistake.

      However, our elite government, many deeply involved in renewable energy projects for personal profit possibly via ‘future promises of employment’, e.g. past energy ministers, or relatives, apparently consider that domestic power cuts are a price worth paying to punish the proles for their continued existence.

      Only when the proles face regular power cuts, no EFTPOS, no food, sewage running in the streets etc etc., about 2019, will they wake up to the enormity of this quiet declaration of a new form of Total War by Euro-fascists and our LibLabCon Quisling government.

  16. June 21, 2016 9:05 am

    ‘National Grid wants demand reduction to be a routine part of the energy system, not just a tool to avert blackouts’

    Making air-con in hospitals less effective smacks of desperation. Things must be even worse than we thought.

    • AlecM permalink
      June 21, 2016 9:32 am

      DECC is really desperate. On May 9th we nearly had major power cuts. I know this because when shopping in my Tesco local at 7.00 pm, I was told I couldn’t enter as there may be a power cut at any time. I later confirmed via an employee that Tesco locals had entered a load shedding contract – the big supermarkets can’t do that – too many customers/store.

      So, load shedding via commercial outfits is hiding the real problem. The central generators have gone on strike, cutting coal fired output for ‘maintenance’, the real aim being to ramp up prices from this winter when the grid is desperate.

      PS on May 9th, spot prices went to ~£1200/MWhr or 10 x normal grid price. So we’re entering a trial of strength between the greenies who for dogmatic reasons are prepared to screw the public, and the main generating corporations who are being told that they are on borrowed time. This means they are incentivised to maximise returns, not provide electricity.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        June 21, 2016 5:10 pm

        May 9 was interesting. Prices in this chart are day ahead by settlement period:

        It’s clear the spike was anticipated – and it doesn’t even coincide with apparent peak demand (which was earlier in the day). The interconnectors flows offer some clues:

        BritNed went down for pre planned maintenance in the morning. The French cut supply suddenly in the run up to rush hour. The story that it was due to a sudden unforecast reduction in wind output doesn’t hold water.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        June 21, 2016 5:14 pm

        Wind forecast vs outturn:

        The whole thing shows how dangerous it is to rely on interconnectors. Enron should have taught us that from their exploits in California.

  17. Andrew Duffin permalink
    June 21, 2016 9:32 am

    This is news?

    Those of us who stay awake have known about STOR for years, it’s typical of the legacy media that they’ve only just realised.

  18. AlecM permalink
    June 21, 2016 1:57 pm

    California expects power outages up to 14 days this summer:

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